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  • Audience-Alienating Premise: The sitcoms had this very bad since the debut of Hannah Montana. Several Family Unfriendly Aesops, focus on stardom, having the protagonist always be a 16-year-old Girly Girl and Hormone-Addled Teenager, increasingly unrealistic settings, and trying to be relevant to ongoing teen cultures has pretty much driven away everyone who wasn't a female born between 1989 and 2001.
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  • Author's Saving Throw: On both the main channel and Disney XD, cartoons starting with Disney XD's Star Wars Rebels are often given the go for another season before the previous/current season has even started. According to Star Wars Rebels voice actor Freddie Prinze Jr., these announcements are actually just for press and the cartoon had already been greenlit as a whole, i.e. it'll run for as long as the creator wishes. In short, this means these shows can't be cancelled.
  • Broken Base:
    • Before the channel's resurgence in 2017, the channel had all but abandoned cartoons (with Mickey Mouse (2013) being the only animation series exclusive to the channel). Disney seemed to be under the impression only boys watch cartoons, as Disney Channel was less unisex than before and XD became their male aimed channel (even if a large amount of XD viewers are female). Disney Channel called their animation block "Disney XD on Disney Channel" which only burned people more. Many fans were outraged that the channel, historically known for its great cartoons, was de-evolved into showing mostly live action sitcoms inferior to its cartoons, though few were fine with the cartoons on XD rather than splitting between both channels. Then again, all of this could be possible, because the sitcoms make the big bucks for the network, and the cartoons would take up time slots they'd rather waste on reruns. And then there's the abandonment of old programs, animation and sitcom alike, in favor of newer ones that relate to the current 16-year-old female crowd has caused the base to split. Either you hate that old shows were swept under the rug or you love the newer shows and see the first camp as nostalgia blind.
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    • One that came out during the tail end of summer 2018 was the schedule change. The cartoons now mainly air only in the early morning hours and mid-afternoon hours on weekends note  and mid-afternoon hours on weekdays note . The fan base is split on this. One side argues that with streaming being seen as more important than television, its not that big of a deal. The other side argues that putting cartoons back on Disney Channel doesn't mean anything if the channel won't invest in them and actually want to see them succeed, and just air them out of obligation. It's even gotten to the point where premieres on the lesser available Disney Junior channel generally get higher ratings.
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  • Critical Dissonance: Many of the sitcoms and Disney Channel Original Movies attract thousands of fans in mostly teenage girls (and the occasional guy or two), but they're often panned by critics, mainly for having the same plot between them (and a lot of films made after High School Musical tend to be sucky and forgettable Chick Flicks).
  • Dork Age: The premiere of Hannah Montana in 2006, and its subsequent Adored by the Network and Follow the Leader status, started a major dork age for the channel for the non-teen girl crowd, with further sitcoms abusing the Laugh Track, having more dull, hokey and mean-spirited humor, a more vapid focus on being famous, and with the lone exceptions of perhaps Wizards of Waverly Place and Good Luck Charlie practically no appeal to those outside of the teen-girl demographic, all while pushing animation out of the way. The debut of Gravity Falls in 2012 marked the end of the dork age for animation, while Andi Mack (and, for some, Stuck in the Middle) ended it for sitcoms in 2017, with a sequel series to the much loved That's So Raven giving the future of the channel more promise. The DCOMs remain in a dork age, however.
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  • Fleeting Demographic: A lot of sitcoms have a limit in seasons that are only extended if the show is either very popular or Adored by the Network, so as to keep creating new shows that are relevant to the current teen girl trends.
  • Franchise Original Sin: You'd probably be shocked to learn that Lizzie McGuire and The Cheetah Girls were the real reason for Disney Channel's introduction to the Girl-Show Ghetto trope which the channel fully embraced when Hannah Montana and High School Musical aired and brought it to Network Decay.
  • Girl-Show Ghetto: Between 2006 and 2017, Disney Channel's target demographic had been girls between the ages of 10 - 16, and a lot of their shows starting with Hannah Montana were accused of this trope.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: One of the Zoogs has three eyes and is tied into online games. His name? Twitch.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Hi, I'm X, and you're watching Y!"explanation 
  • Misblamed: Disney purists, fans of the older shows, and Moral Guardians point the blame at Hannah Montana and High School Musical for Disney Channel's serve Network Decay from a family-oriented channel to a teen-girls only gossip club that overpromotes singers and encourages Groupie Brigade and high-pitched Squee! towards them. Lizzie McGuire and The Cheetah Girls actually started this, but Lizzie was still a Slice of Life series, and were tolerated by families. Also, live action programming had been a part of the network since the very beginning.
  • Network Decay: Total Abandonment. Ever since 2006, and especially 2012, a lot of their older, better, sitcoms and cartoons ended, the channel seems dead set on only appealing to girls despite the two decades before being a good mix of males, females, and kids at the same time, with Disney XD being the defacto station for programming aimed at males, and Disney Junior for preschool programming. They've also almost completely exported all of their cartoons to either channel. With less of this programming on the main channel, a lot of shows have a lot of negative reactions if you're not a tween girl, with a noticeable lack in creative writing, no risks being taken, weak acting from a lot of the kids, occasional sexism, and other things despite admittedly good premises for most of them. This blandness has resulted in Girl Meets World, a spin-off of its older ABC sitcom which used to rerun on this channel, being their best sitcom in years, despite that show suffering from a lot of the same problems that the others are, but at least it actually attempts to portray a lot of realistic situations, which is what made its parent series, Boy Meets World so popular.
    • It is to be pointed out that the release of High School Musical came three months after the release of Twilight, and given that both franchises were popular with teen girls, they shifted their target audience to Follow the Leader, especially after noticing that more girls were watching their channel than boys.
    • Fortunately, Disney Channel is slowly Revisiting the Roots by adding in more animation (including those based on the Disney Animated Canon), better reviewed sitcoms, a sequel series for That's So Raven, and airing reruns of their more popular shows while cancelling the critically panned ones. It hasn't quite broken out of the Girl-Show Ghetto, and as of April 2018, They recently had extracted its acclaimed (animated) shows that was a mainstay from Disney XD to the main channel.note 
  • Never Live It Down: Hannah Montana and High School Musical have pretty much tarnished the reputation of Disney Channel, as now people view it as a teenage-girls only channel, even in spite of the channel's resurgence as a family-channel in 2017.
  • Pop-Culture Isolation: Violetta, an Argentine youth telenovela, has had sold out concerts and platinum albums not only in Latin America, but in many European countries as well. Outside of these regions, however, it's virtually unheard of (unless you count the South East Asian feed's airing).
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: It is hard to believe it today, but Disney Channel's Network Decay resulted in a boost of popularity from audiences outside 10 - 16 year old girls. The two Adored by the Network franchises were praised by critics, and were popular enough to have theatrical movies, and Hannah Montana actually had a Darker and Edgier final season. But as the years went on, other franchises (including a few non-Disney Channel franchises such as Glee) tried to copy their success through focus on stardom and having their own DCOM, which often had mixed results. Both Hannah Montana and High School Musical are now seen as examples of what went wrong with Disney Channel after 2006, losing the Periphery Demographic they once had.
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit!: Post-Network Decay shows often try to mooch off what was popular with teen girls for their own use. For example, Wizards of Waverly Place had a plotline involving romance between the main characters, a vampire, and a werewolf, which was written, filmed, and aired during the popularity of Twilight.
  • Win Back the Crowd: The premiere of Good Luck Charlie during the decay period won over many due to being far more low-concept than other Disney Kid Coms, while Gravity Falls pretty much ended Disney Channel's animation decay. In 2017, this trope began in full-force when the network ended poorly-reviewed series such as Liv and Maddie and Best Friends Whenever, put more emphasis on their animation like Tangled: The Series, and in particular debuting the Darker and Edgier and Laugh Track-free Andi Mack. Adding reruns of Good Luck Charlie and The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, (two better-received sitcoms) when people can actually see them helped a lot too.
    • The news of a That's So Raven sequel series has also been getting positive reception as well.
    • Zig-zagged, as reruns of both The Suite Life and Charlie have disappeared completely, but luckily, Disney Channel put the much beloved Lizzie McGuire, The Proud Family, and That's So Raven back on demand and on their app.
    • Likewise with the new stuff. Andi Mack was something of a feeler and its' ratings and critical success means there'll be more like it...eventually...but not before more High Concept wackiness that was already in the pipeline makes it to air.
    • On July 2nd, 2017, Disney Channel's animation block went defunct, but the network kept it's animated shows: Pat the Dog, Tangled: The Series, the Canadian-acquired Hotel Transylvania: The Series, The ZhuZhus Mickey Mouse (2013), Star Wars: Forces of Destiny, and Lego Star Wars The Freemaker Adventures as of recently,
    • Recently, reruns of Dog with a Blog were pulled all together, to the relief of many. Austin & Ally and Girl Meets World air reruns at midnight only, while Liv and Maddie airs reruns at awkward timeslots like at 10 PM and 5 AM. Best Friends Whenever and Good Luck Charlie air reruns at midnight on weekends only, indicating that if ratings continue to tank, Disney Channel will pull them completely, however Jessie doesn't seem to be going anywhere anytime soon, as long as Bunk D is still around.
    • The channel has also won back the fans that wanted the channel to bring back original animated programming in February 2018, when two new cartoons for the channel were announced: Amphibia and The Owl House.
      • However, throughout April, it was revealed that all of the current shows on Disney XD was moving to the network starting from DuckTales (2017), Star vs. the Forces of Evil, Big Hero 6: The Series, Big City Greens (which was originally slated to premiere on Disney XD), and Milo Murphy's Law, which is a great thing for those who don't have Disney XD.note 
      • Speaking of which, the fact that a majority of Disney XD's slate has moved to Disney Channel has leaved people wondering about the channel's fate in the near future, although it made it pretty much clear that it may ended up as rerun channel to most of the recently ended acclaimed shows.

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